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Happy Anniversary!

It has been a while since I posted anything so I’m going to try and go back and fill in some of the blanks. I made this card for my husband for our 4 year anniversary in May. Most of our wedding was handmade by us and our friends which gave it a really special feeling.

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 Wedding cake made for us by one of our close friends.

 

So I wanted to make a card which fits in with the themes from the wedding and matched the stationery I had made for the big day. For this, I cut a piece of the pearlised gold card I  used for the wedding invitations down to a size slightly smaller than my backing card. I set the card on top of a border of white and silver lace pattern Washi tape. Using the same punch I bought from hobby craft to make the save the date cards, I cut out Butterflies on red and silver glitter and mirror card.

I arranged the butterflies onto the Gold pearlised card and added coloured rhinestones to the butterflies and the card stock to form a trail which I embellished with the Nuvo metallic drops.

I added the lawn fawn Sophie’s sentiment: happy anniversary to a small piece of the gold card and backed this onto the Washi tape so it formed a border, threading a piece of silver ribbon between the layers and attaching it to the main card.

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I’m really happy with how things have turned out both with the card and the husband who I’m very lucky to have. Let me know if you like the card or if you try to tie the things you make back in with events and past projects.

Till next time make something with love


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Easter Treat!

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I was so excited to go home to Morpeth in Northumberland for the Easter break. It’s a really lovely place. even if the weather isn’t always the greatest! I moved to surrey almost 4 years ago and I really miss living up north so I love it when I get the opportunity to go back and visit all my family and friends.

As we were all planning a big get together I thought I would make them all something for Easter. I made them all little cellophane pouches of Cadbury mini eggs tied with ribbon and a personalised Hoppy Easter tag to get the most out of the Lawn fawn stamp and die set I bought for another project (Check out the Hoppy Easter interactive card I made ).

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I die cut the white and pale blue card using my stitched rectangle dies picking a larger hoppy easter tags 1and a smaller size so that they can be layered and still leave a border. I also die cut the grassy border out of green card . Using the same size stitched rectangle die as the one used for the pale blue card stock die cut out a piece of grass to continue the stitched border along the bottom and sizes as it appears on the sky.

Once the scenery was layered using 3D foam tape, I stamped the bunnies and eggs onto solar white Neenah Card stock using memento ink as I wanted to colour them in using my Nuvo alcohol marker pens. I coloured all bunnies and eggs different colours to personalise them for each of my friends. Then using the corresponding dies cut them out and added them to the tag.

Once complete I stamped out the hoppy Easter sentiment onto the back of the white stitched rectangle and added the scene to the front, hole punched the corner and added it to mini egg presents with white and gold ribbon.

Let me know if you are doing/did anything eggs-citing over your Easter break.

Happy Easter

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Till next time make something with love!


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3D Effect Balloon Card

I love the idea of this card, I made it for my boss at work . The card  took inspiration from a card I saw Jennifer McGuire make. It uses a  technique which incorporates both layering die cuts and also the negative space they leave to make an interesting 3D effect.

Boss cardTo start, I covered some plain white card stock with different coloured Washi tape. Then die cut two of each size of the three balloons. Next I arranged the different sizes and colours into a bunch that I was happy with and took a photo for reference. Then using the photo I chose which of the balloons I would like to be set back into the card and die cut those balloons out of Blue Card stock  trimmed to fit the base card. Lining the die cut negative space up with the card I traced the balloons onto it and covered the area with Washi tape so that it would show through the negative space. I attached the Blue card stock to the base card with 3D foam tape to create the recessed look and layered other balloons over the top using the  foam tape to complete the look.

Using the Lawn Fawn year five stamp and matching die set I stamped and diecut  presents onto Neenah white card stock  which I coloured in with my Nuvo markers. I hand tied each of the balloons to the presents using white sparkly wool I had left over from another project and secured them with a drop of  liquid adhesive. I attached the presents to a strip of green card that I attached bottom to look like grass.

The  banner  was made by stamping the  happy birthday sentiment using Versamark clear ink  and heat embossed with Stampendous Stamp N Bond heat activated adhesive. Then while the adhesive was still warm it was covered in Nuvo sparkle dust in cinnamon spice to give nice glittery lettering on the black card. Once the lettering was in place I cut V shapes into each side of the trip to make the banner tails and added this below the presents.

This was quite an easy card to make, but the results look really striking, I think that this is quite a versatile technique which depending on the colour scheme used can be uses to make a variety of distinct looking cards for a people of all genders and ages.

Till next time make something with love.


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Make it Farnborough 2017

This weekend I went to my first craft fair; I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was very excited to be going. As it turned out I was lucky enough to get two for the price for one as Make it the paper crafting show ran along side Knit & Stich it which catered for all my sewing, crochet and knitting needs. The Show was based at Farnborough airfield and housed over 100 exhibitors which meant I was spoilt for choice (great for me but not so great for my wallet!). As someone who is relatively new to card making it meant I could pick up lots of the everyday basic tools I need but have so far been borrowing off friends.

I was excited to see so many different stamp designs and particularly loved those by Little Claire and Stamposaurus craft supplies, both of which produce good quality stamps handmade in the UK . Something else which caught my eye were the NUVO alcohol markers. I have been looking for a less expensive Copic alternative for a while so I  just had to get them to try.

There was also a lovely range of wool and fabric on offer but my favourite stall was Toft shop who had a collection of animal amigurumi crochet projects including an Afghan Hound which I definitely should have now regret not buying (however they have an online store so I can always fix my mistake).

Overall it was a really good day out and will definitely be going back next year.  I think I was really quite restrained in my purchases as the choice available was quite overwhelming. Here are some of the exciting things I bought:

I think my next big purchase will be a stamp positioner like the Tim Holtz Stamping platform, MISTI or the Hampton Art Stamp Perfect once my stamp collection has expanded a little. Does anyone already own one of these and if so would you recommend it?

Do you enjoy going to craft fairs, or do you prefer to shop online?

Till next time, make something with love.


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